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Indiegogo gets serious business model from Arrow

Arrow is already supporting projects on the Indiegogo, as the crowd-funding website moves into the area of commercial product launches. Examples of the types of campaigns being supported include: ·         Solar Roadways, the project to turn roads into renewable energy sources, launched on Indiegogo and raised more than $2.2m in funding. With Arrow’s product support, the company is currently installing ...

Arduino Primo makes IoT simple reality for makers

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The latest Arduino board called Primo integrates Bluetooth low energy, NFC Touch-to-Pair, Wi-Fi, and an infrared interface, all without having to add extra shields to the base board. The Arduino Primo can act as a fully-functional TCP / IP Internet client and server over Wi-Fi. Federico Musto, CEO and president of Arduino, writes: “Makers, entrepreneurs, small and large companies, kids, ...

China giant Xiaomi makes crowding-funding debut with Bluetooth charger

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A smart Bluetooth car charger has appeared on the IndieGoGo crowd-funding website. One of China’s biggest electronic product firms Xiaomi is using the crowd-funding website to launch the device called Roidmi. Although Bluetooth system is commonly available in new cars nowadays, most old cars do not have it. The aim of Roidmi is to upgrade old cars. The device can ...

Students in Poland teach kids with learning robot

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A group of enterprising engineering students in Poland have developed an educational robot for children which develops along with his owner. It is the idea of Marcin Joka, Michał Grześ, Krzysztof Dziemiańczuk, Michał Bogucki and Maciej Kopczyński; four students and one academic lecturer from the Bialystok University of Technology, Poland. The robot called Photon won the 2015 Poland World Citizenship ...

Farnell element14 to manufacture the BeagleBone Black

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Farnell element14 is to start manufacturing the BeagleBone Black, open source embedded system design module. The BeagleBone Black will be manufactured by Premier Farnell’s subsidiary Embest Technology. This differs from the approach to the Raspberry Pi computing modules, which are manufactured by Sony UK Technology Centre in Wales for Farnell element14 and rival distributor RS Components. David Shen, group chief technical officer ...

Crowd-funding is virtual marketing for chip firms

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Crowd-funding is a product of the internet. Like most products of the internet it is evolving very quickly. Whether you are an artist looking for funding or a hobbyist developer with a neat idea, you can make your investment proposal to potential backers for your project. There is a large and growing number of crowd-funding websites, and some are starting ...

Industrial IoT will be built on Linux Arduino boards

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Once mainly used by hobbyist developers, the Arduino family of microcontroller boards is now being used for professional engineering projects for industrial IoT, writes Simon Duggleby Credited with establishing the maker movement and creating a renewed interest in electronics, the Arduino community has come a long way since the first board went on sale just over ten years ago. Initially ...

You can buy FPGA accelerated Arduino board at Mouser

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Mouser Electronics has taken on a another Arduino embedded computing board line. A distribution deal with Alorium Technology will see Mouser offering an Arduino-compatible board with a difference, it adds hardware acceleration of an FPGA. The XLR8 development board’s main processor is also different for an Arduino board. The ATmega328-compatible microcontroller core is implemented in the Altera MAX 10 FPGA. And ...